18/08/2020

Categories: Education and Teacher Training, Postgraduate

3 Reasons to Teach in a Sixth Form College

If you’re interested in teaching at A Level, you are probably wondering whether you are best suited for a school or a sixth form college. While curriculum and structure remain the same, there are some key differences to note.

Colleges tend to be less formal and this can sometimes be a better options for students as well as teachers. Here are three reasons for considering teaching in college instead of a school.

1. Colleges are more relaxed

While school sixth forms aren’t formal, they are still attached to a school. That means rules still apply, including uniforms and general conduct. For teachers, timetables tend to be structured and there may not be scope for abstract teaching or creativity.

Colleges provide a bit more teaching freedom, and the informal setting can make it easier for you to build trust with students.

2. There may be more subjects on offer

As colleges tend to be bigger than school sixth forms, there’s usually a wider range of study options. For students, this is beneficial as they get to go into a chosen specialism. For teachers, it means being able to teach subjects that they are passionate about.

3. College prepares students for higher education

A sixth form college is a fantastic opportunity for school pupils to expand their social circles, gain independence and get a taste of university life. Your role may involve more than just teaching. You’ll be helping students prepare for higher education or the workplace, and advising them in their chosen career paths.

 

To find out more about how to become a sixth form teacher, see our PGCE Master’s-level 14+ course page. At The University of Bolton, we provide a supportive and friendly environment for aspiring teachers.

Learn how to teach in college, school or community learning settings, and put pedagogy theories into practice through work placements. And get one-to-one mentoring, as well as support from our award-winning student services team. Join the University of Bolton where your needs come first; this is #UniAsItShouldBe.

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